BYRON BAY AUSTRALIA
Byron Bay Australia
One of the most famous and popular resort destinations for Australians and overseas visitors alike, Byron Bay is an amazing mix of stunning scenery, perfect weather, beautiful beaches, charming accommodations, fantastic outdoor activities, enthralling shopping and sumptuous dining. Located on the easternmost point of the Australian mainland, Byron Bay is ideally located between the major cities of Sydney and Brisbane, although it is closer to the latter. Byron Bay has an intriguing mixture of locals and visitors, from the rich and famous to ordinary folk. The atmosphere is pleasant and laid back, with everyone welcomed with the unique combination of friendliness, charm and unhurriedness that characterizes the Australians of this region. A new focus are the many thriving home-based businesses focus on alternative, cultural and knowledge industries, with a growing population of artists, writers and filmmakers. Main annual events include the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival (Easter), the Splendour in Grass Music Festival (July) and Schoolies (Late November / Early December). Despite its distance from Brisbane and Sydney, Byron Bay is easy to access, particularly from Southeast Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Byron Bay Accommodation
Byron Bay has a great range of lodging to suit all tastes and budgets; from couples to young families. You can choose between stylish all-inclusive resorts, luxurious hotels, romantic guesthouses and quiet bed & breakfasts. Motels offer great value, as do fully furnished self catering options such as holiday rental apartments, condominiums, flats, units, villas and even complete vacation houses. Other Byron Bay vacation accommodation choices include caravan parks, campgrounds and youth hostels. Most of Byron Bay’s hotels, resorts and other accommodations are within walking distance of beaches and scenic natural areas, with many within easy reach of the town centre, with its wealth of quality restaurants and shops. The more upmarket Byron Bay hotels, resorts and self catering lodgings are located between the town and Cape Byron, as well as south of the town just a few hundred metres off Tallow Beach. Those with their own vehicle or rental car can also opt to base themselves a little further out of town at one of the more secluded yet still exclusive wellness retreats.
Byron Bay Attractions
Byron Bay has some excellent beaches, and most visitors head straight for Main Beach for a spot of swimming, sun bathing and people watching. There are great strips of fine white sandy beaches to the east and west of Main Beach, such as Clark’s Beach, Belongil Beach, Watego’s Beach and Little Watego’s Beach. Tallow Beach extends south from Byron Bay toward Broken Head and becomes the famous Seven Mile Beach which ends at delightful Lennox Heads. Other attractions include the iconic historic Cape Byron Lighthouse on spectacular Cape Byron, as well as the important and unspoiled wilderness areas of the Cape Byron Headland Reserve (wallabies, birdwatching), Cape Byron Marine Park (humpback whales, sea turtles, dolphins) and Arakwal National Park (aboriginal heritage, birdwatching). The Byron Bay region is rich in other great attractions and destinations to the north (Brunswick Heads, Mt Warning National Park), south (Broken Head, Lennox Heads) and west (Bangalow, Nimbin, Uki, the Channon).
Byron Bay Activities
With an incredible variety of both exhilarating and relaxing activities, one thing you can be sure of is that you’ll never run out of things to do at Byron Bay. There is a great selection of water sports, excellent offshore scuba diving and fishing, some fine golf courses and country clubs, relaxing wellness resorts, and, of course, some of the best shopping and dining you’ll find anywhere. Byron Bay has a very vibrant social scene for a town of its size. Bands play most nights at the Beach Hotel (on the beach) and the Railway Friendly Bar. The Great Northern hosts the more important bands. The Buddha Bar serves backpackers from the Piggery Backpackers and has a very chilled out bar and attached restaurant and cinema. Nightclubs are Cocomangas (get a Jam Jar), La La Land (Lawson St), Play (Woolworths Plaza) and the backpackers’ favourite, Cheeky Monkeys. This can also be a good place to go out on Mondays and Tuesdays when everywhere else is quiet.
Byron Bay Gateways
Although the closest airport is in Ballina, most visitors who fly to Byron Bay use the more convenient Gold Coast (Coolangatta) Airport on Queensland’s Gold Coast and travel the remaining distance by bus or rental car. Gold Coast Airport serves flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Newcastle, Adelaide, and Perth in Australia, as well as Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin in New Zealand. Airlines include Qantas, Virgin Blue, Jetstar, Freedom Air and Pacific Blue. There is also a rail link from Sydney, while a number of coach companies run buses from Sydney, Brisbane and regional cities and towns. There are convenient road transit options from Gold Coast Airport to Byron Bay (2 hours), including buses, shuttles, taxis, limousines and rental cars. International visitors also have the option of flying to Brisbane Airport and transiting by road to Byron Bay (3 hours). An alternative is to take one of the many surfing or backpacker tours along the east coast. BackpackerTravel has a number of options for both the independent traveller and for people wanting to travel in a group.